Victoria Ushkanova — Bio

Victoria Ushkanova is an autodidact Dutch photographer and media artist of Chenchen descent currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Her main focus is portrait and documentary photography.
In her project ‘Artist’s Body’, she explores the acceptance of the human body in the form of a video performance which later extends to her photographs.

Her photographic oeuvre presents portraits of adolescents where her models are either from modeling agencies or complete strangers.

With a clear talent for direction, Ushkanova always takes many pictures until she reaches the right moment and designates a photograph to be “the one”.

Characterised with sharpness, her portraits are shot on a large format analog and digital camera, allowing for an incredible range of colour reproduction and a sense of depth.


Portrait and Fashion photographer in Amsterdam and Almere Victoria Ushkanova

Shortlisted for British Journal of Photography “Portrait of Humanity Vol.5” 2023

Der Greif  Issue 12


Photo Vogue

Victoria Ushkanova CV
Photography/ Videography and media art

Exhibition / Work Experience 

2023          Shortlisted for British Journal of Photography “Portrait of Humanity Vol.5” 

2023          Photo documentation of Kleintjekunst

2023          Headshots for NETFLIX

2021          C/O Berlin My work “Debbie” was presented at an exhibition with a great selection of artists
                                            Joseph Beuys,  Tacita Dean,  Taryn  Simon, On Kawara and Claire Strand

2020            Exhibition 'New Faces — Documentary Photography from Flanders and the Netherlands'
                     Brussels, Curator Sanne Schim van der Loeff (World Press Photo)
                     Fonds Pascal Decroos                       

2020            Photoshoot for Netflix, Portrait of the main actors, new season Undercover 2

2019            My work Debbie was presented in an exhibition “Blame The Algorithm” as part of   
                       Der Greif issue 12, guest-edited by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin in 2019.
                       Munich Stadtmuseum (Münchner Stadtmuseum)

2019             Portrait of Gijs Blom, “Prince Viridian” in the film The Letter for the King for Netflix

2019             Portraits of Netflix Writers

2019/2020    Group exhibition in Brussels, 12 Sep — 21 Oct. Curator Sanne Schim van der Loeff
                      (World Press  Photo Foundation) and Fonds Pascal Decroos

2019             Selected Fresh Eyes Photo /GUP Magazine, The Book Launched at Photo Basell and
                                             Les Rencontres De La Photographie, d’Arles 

2019             Der Greif  Issue 12

2019             Selected for the “New Dutch Photographer Talent 2019«/GUP Magazine, Melkweg Gallery  

2017              “Marina” Winner 1 place Nomination “Professionals Portrait” Nikon
                                              ''At the Heart of the Image -2017'' 

2015              Unseen Photo Fair Festival Amsterdam  / participant  Video art “Typology” 13 min / Amsterdam

2013              Videodance “Displacement"/ participant EXTRA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL/ 35 mm Moscow

2013              Videodance “Displacement"/ Performance Art Festival/ Open-Air Stage Theatre Moscow

2013              Collaboration/ Koktebel Art Residence /Krym

2013              Collaboration with artist Kseniya Sorokina/ Video/ 5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

2013               Video / River Scene a project by Wiliam Speakman and
                                    Theo Tegelaers (TAAK Amsterdam)/ Nikola-Lenivets 5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

2012/09          Video Art/ William Parke, Patricia Parker/ Residence Nikola-lenivets/ Russia

2012/07          Collaborate with Ksenia Sorokina/ Video/ START Project,
                                                WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow Sept.

2012/07          ARTIST’S BODY/ performance Victoria Ushkanova / MMOMA Moscow/Biennale Young Art/ 

2012/08           Collaboration with Performers from the school TSEKH-Moscow

2012/05           Laboratory KIRILL SEREBRENNIKOV / PLATFORMA project / Media performance WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow

2012/03           Collaboration, documentation of project Niwa Yoshinori / Double Vision:
                                             Contemporary Art from Japan/  MMOMA Moscow

2011                Video art ‘Fishway’ collaboration with composer Anna Mikhailova/ Media Table May/ MediaArtLab -Moscow

2011                Cinematographer/ Independent film

2011                Unit Still photographer VGIK

2010               Collaborate with Ksenia Sorokina/ Video/ START project
                                               WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow

2007               Unit Still photographer Film Renata Litvinova 

Photography workshop

 2012         WANDERING FORMS/ Alina Belishkina

 2012         Potential acute// Alina Belishkina

 2011         PHOTOGRAPHY. OBJECTIFICATION OF THE VOID/Alina Belishkina                

 2011         The Nordic Photography: Experience Self-portrait LINA SCHEYNIUS                 

 2010         International Summer Photo workshop/ WANESSA WINSHIP, UK, Agence VU Storytelling: Portrait Within the Environment

 2008          International Summer Photo workshop PAVEL SAMOKHVALOV

 2009/2010    Workshop Art Director/ VGIK Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography

Art workshops

2013             Art Project by Theo Tegelaers/TAAK.ME and William Speakman. A three-day journey on the Ugra River in Russia. v=NE5FNccafO0

2013              Koktebel Art Residence

2012/08        Collaboration with Performers from the school TSEKH-Moscow/Video

2012/09        Art Residence Nikola-lenivets/ William Parke/ Patricia Parker /Video

2012              ImPulsTanz 2012/Benoît LACHAMBRE/ Angélique WILLKIE/Linda RABIN /Workshops

2011–2012    MMOMA/ Media Performance Laboratory

2011–2012    MMOMA/School of Contemporary Art “Free Workshops”

2011-2011     WACADEMY/ OLGA Shishko Media Art

2010–2011    Moscow Museum Of Modern Art School /MMOMA of Contemporary Art  “Free Workshops”

2000-2004     MGUS Institute for Applied Design, Art and Fashion Photography

1997-2000     MGUS Institute for Applied Design, costume design (ba)

Work experience


            Marinella Senatore Italian artist /Video and photography

            — Sakura pathology equipment 

            — Portrait of Mayaki Kimba, political science, The Black Archives. For Reed Magazine, Portland, OR

            — Photoshoot for Netflix / main actors Undercover 2 Anna Drijver, Frank Lammers,  Else Schaap, Sanne  Samina Hanssen.          

           — Editorial photoshoot for Netflix/ portrait of Gijs Blom “The Letter for the King”

           — NDSM Portrait of Tim, a new director

           — PTSA  Architectural Bureau, portrait & interior photoshoot 

           — Portraits of European writers of Netflix

           — Flirt Creativity  branding  photoshoot


           — 11 Rue Simon Crubellier, Matthew Darbyshire/Gemeente Amsterdam

           — Cathalijne Smulders | project Parfum Varken at Museum Bommel van Dam

2013       Rijksmuseum celebrates the opening on 13 April 2013 Photo & Video work

2008 2013  Photographer, Burda Publishing Houseeditorial, covers, fashion story ’’GIRL’’                   



                   TAAK.ME             NETFLIX

buro bordo            NDSM           Flirt Creativity Agency

Burda Publishing House/ Moscow
Kleintjekunst           POPMA TER STEEGE ARCHITECTEN
                  Reed College Portland        GN Interpartners
                       Knowmanagment     EMCG